It's always tricky to review a blend when the only one to date is by the masterful JimInks, so just take mine with a pinch of salt!!!
I love the cut of this, it's coarse enough to separate it from the standard ribbon cut blends, yet not chunky enough to be a full blown broken flake. A pouch arrives a bit too moist, but not majorly so.
The smoke gives a sweet, aromatic flavour, lacking sharpness but having more of a luscious character. The vanilla and chocolate form a smooth, albeit a little conventional, type of taste. The aromatics give an equal amount of flavour to the tobaccos. Of the these I find the Virginia contributes the least, the burley and cav' make up a far higher proportion of the smoke. The burn's good, with a smoke that's relatively cool.
The Virginias offer some earth, grass, dark fruit, and light citrus. They form the base of the blend. The nutty, molasses sweet burley plays an important second lead, and also has a little earth and cocoa. The black cavendish provides some brown sugar in the background. The gold cavendish provides bread and honey notes. The vanilla toppings mildly leads over the cocoa, and tones down the tobaccos without totally muting them, although the tobaccos do peek out a little more in the last quarter of the experience. I also sense a hint of marshmallow. The nic-hit is mild. The strength level is just past mild, while the taste barely passes the mild to medium threshold. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a smooth, mostly consistent flavor from start to finish as it easily burns to the last ember. Requires few relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. Has a very pleasant after taste and room note. An all day smoke.
Another of my recent Villiger purchases. (See Jamacian review)
Opening the pouch the flavors in this one are cocoa and vanilla similar to 1Q to my sniffer. The moisture is fairly high when the pouch is first opened. This can be mitigated by the DGM. I'll load up a bowl for the morning commute the night before which seems to dry it out a little. You can also leave the pouch open for the day in the car which also gives your car a wonderful scent...
This one like the Jamacian can be easily packed too tight which ruins the smoke. A nice "springy" pack is the ticket here. LIghting took a couple of tries to get it really burning well.
Flavor carries through the cocoa and vanilla. Its a lot like smoking a cookie. The tobbacos are in the background burning well and helping carry the flavors which are consistent through the bowl. It burns cool without a bite unless really pushed. A little bit of moisture which is easily removed with a pipe cleaner half way through the bowl. I'm not sure if there is any nicotine in here or not... (wink)
Roomnote is a winner with the wife. She said "cookies" when she walked in.
Price is $4.20/ 1.5oz (even cheaper if you buy a few pouches at a time) from Smokingpipes.com and def beats the socks off most pouched drug store blends.
Villiger's New World Export has a very pleasant pouch note. Very sweet with vanilla out front. I can also get some tobacco in the pouch note too. The smoke is lead by the vanilla with the chocolate trailing in the background. Although these toppings do mute the tobacco flavor it does come through. For me the black cav is the leading component with its brown sugar note very forward. Behind this is the earthy and nutty burley. The VA's are hard to find for me a note of citrus, a toasted wheat flavor must be from here. The nic is at the mild end, I cannot tell that it is there so if you are looking for an all day (cheap) smoke this may be it. Others seemed to like the room note as well. Smoked a little wet for me but not overly so. It can be repeated throughout the day but it did cause a little tongue fatigue.
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